As soon as you arrive in Casablanca, you will be greeted by a friendly tour guide who will meet you at the airport or your accommodation. From there, you will head north to the picturesque city of Chefchaouen, passing through the Rif mountains. Before arriving in Chefchaouen, take a few hours to visit Akchour and enjoy the beautiful waterfalls. In the afternoon, use your free time to explore the city at your leisure. Visit Plaza Outa el-Hammam, the main square known for the number of hammams (public baths) that used to surround it. Sip mint tea at a local restaurant and take in the stunning views. Wander the narrow blue-painted streets, take a romantic photo and enjoy the atmosphere. Later in the day, return to your Riad and witness the breathtaking sunset view.
Today, you will visit two imperial cities, Meknes and Fes. Wake up early to take pictures in the streets before fewer people are out and about, then leave for Fes and make a stop along the way at the UNESCO-protected Roman ruins of Volubilis. This ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mauritania was established in the third century BC and made an important hub by the Roman Empire, with many well-preserved buildings and intricate mosaics. Though incomplete, it is still fascinating to explore. Next, head to Meknes, your second imperial city. Be sure to visit the Bab El-Mansour gate, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and the Royal Stables. Afterwards, you'll embark on a day tour of the fascinating sights in Fes, and spend the night in the city.
Fes, the oldest of the four imperial cities in Morocco, is a must-see destination. Start the half-day tour with your guide to explore this ancient city, beginning in the medina, which is the oldest medina in Morocco and has been around for over 1000 years. The city of Fes is divided into two parts: Fes el Bali and Fes el-Jadid. One of the longest and most important streets in Fes el Bali is Talaa Kebira, also known as "the Great Slope/Climb." Next, visit the Al-Attarine Madrasa, a beautiful madrasa (school) in Fes, Morocco, near the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque. It was built by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said (1310-1331). After leaving the old city, make your way to the new one and visit the El Mellah place. Enjoy the fantastic sunset view from the rooftop of the city before heading back to your Riad.
Begin your journey in southeast Morocco by visiting the city of Merzouga. On your way, make sure to stop by the city of Ifrane and the Cedar forest of Azrou to see the Berber apes and take pictures. Continue on to Tizi n'Talremt, the little Atlas mountains, and have lunch in the charming town of Midelt in the Ziz Valley. As you enter the Saharan desert, Erfoud serves as the gateway to this unique landscape known for its fossils. Take the opportunity to visit local workshops and learn about how they transform these ancient relics into beautiful decorations. Experience the desert in a unique way by taking a camel excursion with an experienced guide who will show you the best sand dunes and a beautiful sunset view. Stay in a luxury desert camp, where dinner will be served. Join in on the Sahara music festival before spending a night in a tent under the stars.
Experience the breathtaking sunrise at the top of the Erg Chebbi dunes, followed by a thrilling sandboarding session in the Sahara desert. Afterwards, embark on a camelback ride to your hotel for breakfast and a refreshing shower. Next, journey to the Draa valley and Dades gorges, making a stop in Rissani to visit the traditional market. As you travel through Berber villages en route to Todra Gorges, take in the stunning desert landscapes. Once at Todra Gorge, explore the 300m towering rocks and possibly witness climbers scaling them. Take a break and relax by the cool waters of the Todra River before continuing on to Dades for the night, where you will stay in a traditional Riad/Hotel.
Your journey reaches its final destination as you make your way to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara desert and its vast dunes. Here, you can visit the Kasbah and the renowned Atlas Film Studio, known for its numerous film productions. Continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient village famous for its earthen buildings and towering walls. Take the opportunity to explore the area and capture stunning photos. A delicious lunch will be provided. As you travel through the High Atlas Mountains towards Marrakech, make a stop at an elevation of 2260 meters to marvel at the dramatic change in atmosphere and landscape. This concludes your private 6-day Morocco desert tour from Casablanca.